Minister assures on speedy completion of Moshood Abiola, Surulere Lagos Stadiums

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Minister  of Youth and sports Development  *Chief Sunday Dare* has assured that the on going rehabilitation  work at the *Moshood Abiola National  Stadium, Abuja* and *National  Stadium,  Surulere,  Lagos*  will be accelerated  and completed as quickly possible.

Speaking  on Sunday, the Minister  said ” The on going rehabilitation  work at the *Moshood Abiola National Stadium*  undertaken by Alhaji  Aliko Dangote and  the *National  Stadium in Surulere,  Lagos* courtesy  of *Chief Adebutu Kensington*  will soon be completed. The Surulere  Stadium  was abandoned for so many years. We started by ejecting illegal occupants, cleared illegal structures  to bring out the beauty of the edifice which is comparable to any top Stadium  in the world. By the schedule  of the contractors, the rehabilitation  will be completed  by June.”

The Minister  insists  that “Things have changed from the way we met them ,the adopt a pitch initiative  is working,  adopt an athlete is also yielding results. One of the things that gives me the most concern is the welfare of atheletes,  both retired and active. The retired ones  are not well catered  for. We muted  the idea of  setting  up the athletes welfare fund, later changed to Sports  Development  Fund. We have spoken to the NFF, AFN to set up welfare scheme to assist those who are in need of support. We started with assistance  to the mothers of Late *Rashidi  Yekini, Samuel Okwaraji,  Sunday Bada and  Ali Jeje Ibrahim. We also  supported  the injured female Basketball player who needed surgery. We worked closely with  the Lagos state Government  to assist Yisa Sofoluwe, unfortunately  he could not survive. We shall continue  to do our best to improve  the welfare of our sports  men and women”*Chief Dare* assured.

*Media office, Minister of Youth and sports Development*